Here’s something that has been a long time coming, even if it is only a prototype/design study from a German Technical college. Rolled out at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, the E-Wolf e1 is an all electric formula style racer that is completely electric. To say that this is something that should have been done decades back would be an understatement. And to say that we’ll all benefit if something like this takes off is an understatement as well. The old saw is that ‘racing improves the breed’, and if we want to have enjoyable EVs that are fun to drive, then we should all be pulling for the E-Wolf to be made by the score, raced all over the world every weekend, and for that technology to make it into our future cars.
The E-Wolf was comes from the Saxony Lightweight Center and the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology at the Technical University of Dresden. That’s a name that rolls off the tongue, and job number two for these brainiacs should be to come up with a shorter cooler name; something along the lines of “Dresden Tech” or “Saxony Tech” for example. The guys from the SLCILSPTTUD (see, even the initials don’t work like M.I.T.) say their EV racer should hit the track within two years
The e1 is, as all racers should be, light weight. It sips the scales at just 500 kg (1102 lb) and there’s a driver weight limit of 70kg (150lb), which means that I’m out of the running for a seat, but racers have a tendency to be little guys anyway.
For propulsion, the e1 uses a 110kW, quadripolar, liquid-cooled, AC induction motor that cranks out 150hp and has a maximum torque of 250 Nm (185 lb-ft). That’s enough to scoot the little formula car from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in less than five seconds and allows the e1 to top out at a maximum speed of 230 km/h.
The batteries are lithium-ion, and are distributed along the car’s floor. The batter pack weighs in at just 84 kg and features a ceramic membrane that separates the anode from the cathode, which gives the e1 a range over 300 km (200 mi), a decent enough figure for a Sunday afternoon race.
The projected price will be around â‚¬150,000 which isn’t that bad either.